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The City Diary

Court nod to take Bodo militants back

Two Bodo militants — Sunil Brahma, central committee member of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and NDFB ‘captain’ David Waris — were produced in Sealdah court on Tuesday where the judge allowed the Assam Police to take them back to the state on transit remand. Acting on a tip-off from Assam detectives, the city police had arrested the duo from a Park Circus hotel last Wednesday. Detective department chief Soumen Mitra said the two militants were in town to collect money from a few city-based tea companies. Mitra said on Tuesday that Assam Police would take the two militants back to Guwahati on Wednesday.

Arrested for burglary bid

Raju Loha, a youth from Purulia, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon while trying to carry out a burglary in a central Calcutta office. According to the police, three youths barged into the office of Shivani Steel at about 3.30 pm. As the staff raised an alarm, the youths tried to flee. Local residents caught Raju while two others managed to give them the slip. The 26-year-old was then handed over to the Jorabagan police station.

CBI swoop

Anil Kumar Mahensaria, wanted by the economic offence section of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was arrested by sleuths on Tuesday. According to CBI sources, Mahensaria, who owns three houses in the city, was wanted in connection with several scams amounting to Rs 12 crore. He was evading arrest by frequently changing his address. Later, acting on a tip-off, sleuths picked up Mahensaria while he was waiting for his accomplice in front of the Alipore zoo.

One killed

One person was killed in an accident on Hazra Road on Tuesday evening. Police said Dharam Lal Sau, 80, was hit by an unknown vehicle near the Law College at around 7.15 pm. Sau was taken to SSKM Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Metro services hit

Metro Rail services were disrupted from 6.40 pm after the third rail was dislocated between Belgachhia and Shyambazar stations on Tuesday. Metro officials said at 7 pm, there was an attempt to start a shuttle train service from Girish Park to Tollygunge but it failed as another technical snag occurred. However, a shuttle service from Girish Park to Tollygunge station was started from 8.05 pm, officials said. Commuters returning home from office were hit the hardest hit by this “peak-hour” disruption. A Metro Rail spokesperson said repairs were underway.

Barber murder

Sheikh Raju, who murdered a barber, Sheikh Asgar, on Saturday at Jhowtala Road, was arrested on Tuesday. According to the police, the two were engaged in an argument when Raju attacked the barber with a knife and slit his throat.

Thumbs Up

To Eastern Railway for organising a book fair in the Sealdah subway for the benefit of passengers, to continue till May 10
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